Information Technology

The NIU College of Law Information Technology Department provides onsite support for the law school main campus in DeKalb as well as offsite support for two satellite locations, Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic in Rockford, IL and the NIU College of Law Medical-Legal Partnership in Aurora, IL.

Contact Information

The director of information technology, Rahul Thatte, and graduate assistant, Sumanth Shivashankar, are located in Swen Parson 356. They can be reached by calling 815-753-0860 or emailing colit@niu.edu.



College of Law Resources

Computer Lab

  • A computer lab reserved for law student use is located in room 290D of the Law Library. The lab provides access to high-speed laser printers and supports word processing, computer-assisted legal research, Internet access and other functions.
  • Non-law students may use the public access computer located in the lobby of the Law Library for research purposes.

Wireless Access

  • Wireless access is available in the Law Library and most classrooms.

Kenneth C. Chessick Technology Skills Center

The Chessick Center introduces students to technology being utilized in the courtroom.

  • The Chessick Center Courtroom features a flexible format so it can be used for different courtroom scenarios, including mediation and hearings. It can accommodate up to sixteen students for trial advocacy exercises.
  • The Smart Classroom seats a maximum of fifty students at movable tables equipped with power and wireless Internet connection capabilities. It provides a space for practicing and viewing mediations and depositions.
  • The Deposition Room is a small conference room that can be used for video recording and other purposes.

Online Course Components

Some NIU Law faculty use online courses to compliment classroom meetings. Faculty may design their own course Web sites or use sites created through Blackboard, Lexis-Nexis Web Courses or The West Educational Network (TWEN).

  • Blackboard is a university-supported, web-based course management system. Students enrolled in a face-to-face class are automatically enrolled in the Blackboard course component if one exists for that class.
  • Lexis-Nexis Web Courses require a Lexis-Nexis ID to access a course. For assistance in using Lexis-Nexis Web Courses, contact the Law Library or one of the Lexis representatives.
  • TWEN courses require a Westlaw ID to access a course. For assistance in using TWEN, contact the Law Library.

Audiovisual Services

Please email colit@niu.edu to request audiovisual services. Requests should be made 24-48 hours in advance of need.

Video Display Setup 1

  • Standard equipment: 60" LED TV with VHS/DVD Player and PC

Video Display Setup 2

  • Standard equipment: Projector, portable screen, laptop, clicker with laser pointer

Public Address Setup

  • Standard equipment: Single speaker with stand, single wireless microphone with stand
  • Optional equipment:
    • Additional speaker

Video Recording

  • Standard equipment: Single digital camera and stands

Classroom Technology

Room Standard Equipment
SP 149
  • 60" LCD TV
  • Computer
SP 150
  • Overhead projector
  • Power dropdown screen
  • Computer
  • Document camera
SP 155
  • 60" LCD TV
  • Computer
SP 170
  • Multiple ceiling cameras
  • Multiple microphones
  • Overhead projector
  • Power dropdown screen
  • Dual LCD 46” TVs
  • Laptop
  • Document camera
  • Multiple ceiling speakers
SP 173
  • Overhead projector
  • Manual pulldown screen
  • Laptop
  • Document camera
  • Desktop speakers
SP 186
  • Dual overhead projectors
  • Power dropdown screens
  • Computer
  • Document camera
  • Wall speakers
  • Wireless clicker
SP 187
  • Overhead projector
  • Manual pulldown screen
  • Laptop
  • Document camera
  • Desktop speakers
SP 188
  • Dual overhead projectors
  • Power dropdown screens
  • Computer
  • Document camera
  • Wall speakers
  • Wireless clicker
SP 256
  • 60" LCD TV
  • Computer
  • Wireless keyboard and mouse
SP 258
  • 60" LCD TV
  • Computer
  • Wireless keyboard and mouse
SP 290D: Computer Lab